Noah: Oh, God.
Helen: You sound so old. You didn't used to groan when you sat down.
Noah: Why are we sitting down here? There's a perfectly good bench over there.
Helen: I want to be low to the ground.

Helen: God. Poor Alison. How was her funeral?
Cole: Oh, it was awful.
Helen: Right.
Cole: No. They uh, her mother had her cremated, so the ceremony was on the beach, and Cole grabbed the urn and ran away with it.
Helen: Are you fucking kidding me?

Noah: You're not the only one who loved her.
Cole: Don't I know it.

Cole: I don't understand what I'm supposed to do with this. I don't think I can carry it.
Cherry: You can.
Cole: But what if I can't? Dad couldn't. And I get it now. Oh. To just go to sleep and never wake up in pain again.
Cherry: You can!
Cole: But. What. If. I. Can't?

Ariel: Wow. Noah and Helen. Requiescat in pace.
Noah: Yeah, thanks.
Ariel: I thought you guys were gonna last forever. You were campus celebrities.
Noah: Yeah, well... Plans change.

Noah: Vic OK?
Helen: No. Vic is going to die.
Noah: I'm so sorry.
Helen: Me, too. I'm so very, very sorry. Did you ever meet our neighbor Sierra?
Noah: I don't think so, no.
Helen: She's pregnant. With Vic's baby.
Noah: What? [pulls Helen into an embrace] Oh, God. Helen. Look, Vic's not in his right mind now, you know?
Helen: Look, it's alright. I don't care. I don't care! I fucked her, too.
Noah: Really? [chuckles] And I missed it?

Luisa: Nice turnout, huh?
Cole: A fucking clown car.

She would have hated this. Alison hated the ocean!

Cole

Cole: You know, if she was still my wife, no one would have questioned what I wanted to do with her body.
Noah: I'm sorry.
Cole: Why'd you do it? Why her?
Noah: I was unhappy.
Cole: Did she make you happy?
Noah: [shakes his head no]
Cole: She made me happy.

I was coming back for her. [sighs] I drove across the entire country to come and get her, but I was too late. I am always too late.

Cole

Noah: But I gotta say, if there is one person that I would want to be with when I die, if there is one person who would make me feel no matter what that I was safe and I was loved, it'd be you.
Helen: OK, that really IS the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

Noah: Stop, OK? Seriously, stop. That's enough. You are a lot of things, Helen. You are neurotic and overbearing and you're snobby and you're judgmental and superior, but you're...
Helen: Are you gonna stop?
Noah: But you are not broken. I don't know anyone who is tougher than you.
Helen: That might be the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

The Affair Quotes

Being alive is essentially a very lonely proposition. You have to mostly carry your pack alone. Nobody gets as much help as they need. But in marriage, things get less lonely, just a little, but it makes a big difference.

Robert

Noah: I, I was a happy man back then. Proud of my family. My first book had just come out. Everything I dreamed I'd achieve as a young man, I'd done it.
Det; Jeffries: But.
Noah: That's just it. There is no but. When I look back, I can't tell you why it happened.